Tom Carnahan  


Minutes Before Sunrise by Tom Carnahan

January 2020 - Minutes Before Sunrise

About the Image(s)

The panorama was created on 10-18-19 at 7:14 AM, 17 minutes before the sun came over to the horizon.

There are 44 photos in the panorama, the camera was hand held, and editing was limited to cropping, and leveling the finished product.

I look forward to your comments.


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9 comments posted




Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
The colors and shapes of the clouds are wonderful.
Why such a large number of photos to make the panorama? Nothing that is visible in your posted image needs anywhere near the resolution that 44 photos can provide. Were you forced to such a large number by not having a fairly wide angle lens for the sunrise?
What software did you use to assemble the panorama?   Posted: 01/06/2020 19:31:09
Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
The panorama was constructed with Lightroom CC. The sunrise was across Tampa Bay, clouds were changing and wanted as much detail as possible as the plan was to take several horizontalpasses, the camera in the vertical position and at several assending elevations. The overlap of each photo, both horizontally and vertically, was approximately 25% to cover the hand held motion and provide enough overlap material for solid stitching. Lens used was a canon 100-400mm unit set at about 100 mm. My methods may seem excessive but you would not be impressed with some of the trials. Total photos for the entire shoot was 440 frames in 22 min. Photos just before sunrise with existing cloud cover ranged from gold to burnt orange. Thanks for the interest.   Posted: 01/11/2020 13:45:38
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Thank you for the information. It sounds like you need to treat yourself to a wide angle lens. I've had success for landscapes like this using six partially overlapping portrait orientation shots taken with a 17-55 mm at between 17 and 35 mm.   Posted: 01/22/2020 09:57:36



Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Beautiful colors and shapes! I like the curved dark "pathway" that comes from the left to center top. Is this an ocean horizon? I wish there was some shape in the foreground but as it is, it is still spectacular.
  Posted: 01/08/2020 17:11:33
Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Good pick up. The foreground is several miles of TampaBay and very darkbut would look lood better with a slight reflection from the morning sky.   Posted: 01/11/2020 13:17:07



Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Beautiful sunrise and panorama I agree with Dorinda that a foreground subject or silhouette would add to the interest   Posted: 01/11/2020 21:48:20



Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I think the colors in here are stunning and I like how the water is very subtle. It adds intrigue because you aren't really sure where the sunset is. I have been trying some sunset shots myself, but never as a panorama.   Posted: 01/14/2020 11:13:21



Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Great colors in an overall beautiful sunset shot.   Posted: 01/14/2020 11:23:27



Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
great colors, but it did not impressed, the foreground is too dark it is almost impossible to see it.   Posted: 01/20/2020 18:36:29